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Climate change impacts across sectors: frontier science workshop

03/06/2015 – A global community of scientists that aim at bringing research on climate change impacts to a new level met in Austria this week. More than 130 institutes are now member of the unique Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP). The participants discussed insights from their thorough model evaluation, including hindcast. Comparing the model output with real processes in history provides crucial information about strengths and weaknesses of models, and how to make use of them. Moreover, pathways to a longer-term coordinated impact assessment effort have been discussed.
Climate change impacts across sectors: frontier science workshop

Agriculture, water, weather extremes: climate change impacts across sectors. Photo: thinkstock

“The workshop offered a great opportunity to discuss the first results coming out of the latest simulation phase, with a focus on the impacts of extreme weather and climate events, and the evaluation of model performance,” says Katja Frieler, head of the ISI-MIP coordination team at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Jointly organized by this team and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the workshop brought together global and regional climate impact modelers from a wide range of impacted sectors.

The first phase of ISI-MIP led to publication of a number of studies in a special issue of the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, identifying for the first time the extent of climate change impacts on agriculture, ecosystems, water, and health. However, it also made clear how much uncertainty remains about the effects of climate change.In the second phase of ISI-MIP, the researchers are expanding the project to additional sectors including energy, permafrost, fisheries, and forestry. They also aim to intensify the connections between sectors, and to focus on extreme events and variability.


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Weblink to PNAS special issue on findings from the first phase of ISI-MIP

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